My little guy turned two this past week, and in true birthday fashion we celebrated all week long! This year was centred around a woodland theme (#twowild) with the star creature being fantastic mr. fox! Foxes have always been a bit of a forced love for E, I made his crib bedding with fox fabric before I even knew who he was! His blankie is the same fox fabric and along with his collection of sock monkeys, he has a fabulous collection of foxes. I hope he always remembers to “stay clever little fox” and adventure through each and every step of life! Here’s a few highlights from the past week’s festivities!
We had two family gatherings, one with my side of the family and one with my husband’s. We hosted a BBQ with my family complete with a burger bar with ‘woodland’ mushrooms, sprouts as well as the traditional secret sauce, lettuce and tomato. I also served broccoli salad (forest of trees), macaroni salad (with wild animal pasta shapes), and a crisp fresh salad with cute little radish toadstools! For appetizers I had a platter of pumpernickel bread cubes and spinach dip as well as pretzel twigs with dip! My favourite part of the meal was definitely the birch tree stump cake complete with a sly little fox (made from modelling clay), some toadstool cupcakes and tree leaf cookies. Slowly I’m becoming a better cake decorator! Pinterest definitely helps with easy ideas that pack a punch!
For hubby’s side of the family festivities we had everyone over for sweets and treats after supper one evening. I had a cookie bar along with mini toadstool cupcakes, veggies and dip and antipasto cheeseball pinecones with crackers and pretzel twigs.
E and I collected pinecones for decorating the table and I borrowed some wooden platters from my mom that look like tree slices. We used orange and birch tree print napkins and orange and white striped paper straws with mason jar glasses for both parties. Super simple decor!
Here’s my antipasto cheese ball recipe:
- 2 pkgs cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup grated mozzarella
- 5-6 slices of dry spicy salami, cut into fine ribbons
- 1/4 cup artichoke hearts, chopped
- 2 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 3 tbsp epicure sun-dried tomato and parmesan cheese ball mix
- sliced almonds to garnish ( I used approximately 1 1/2 cups for the three pinecones.)
- optional: rosemary sprigs for garnish
Mix up the all the ingredients (except for almonds and rosemary) with an electric mixer. Divide into three balls and form into ovals. Chill. Garnish with sliced almonds to look like pine cones. Chill until serving. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and serve with crackers, pretzels or vegetable slices!
For goodie bags E and I spent a few days in the weeks before his birthday making sugar cookies. I bought a fantastic embossed rolling pin from Goody Woody http://www.etsy.com/shop/GOODYWOODYcompl and fox shaped cookie cutters off amazon. We iced some and wrapped a variety of them in cellophane bags with cute ties and an origami fox thank-you tag! (Check out the latest post in “create” for these ideas coming soon!)
In keeping with tradition I also made E pancakes for breakfast on his actual birthday. Last year’s were shaped as a number 1 and this year a number 2, both with a heart pancake as well. And of course momma took multiple pics both years!
More than anything I love to celebrate E’s birthday and really reflect on the past year with him. I know he likely won’t truly remember his second birthday but I will! And he’ll look back at the pictures just like I will and I’m sure he’ll smile! I have a tradition now leading up to E’s birthday, I read back in my journal from being pregnant with him and his birth story as well as the monthly milestones from his first year that I recorded. I admit I get teary-eyed at just how fast he’s growing and all the amazing things he’s accomplished. He is truly the best thing I have ever done. I tell him daily that I love him “too much”, as if that is even possible! He is a wonderful little guy, full of spunk and determination. He loves to tease and make people laugh. He’s so madly in love with farming and being ‘just like his daddy’ and impresses me often with his cooking words and ingredient knowledge! He will most likely surpass me in farm equipment knowledge by his third birthday and may even be able to cook me breakfast for my birthday soon! He’s smart, busy, affectionate, sensitive and WILD!!! How can I not celebrate the heck out of this little guy, he gives me something fabulous to celebrate every single day (even if sometimes it’s a bit more trying to find that celebratory factor!). He’s the light of my life and I really cannot believe he is already TWO (even though he claims he’s three!!)